Kolkata, in the earlier times, was also known as the pious land of Goddess Kali with the Kalighat temple being one of the foremost “Sati piths” in India. Besides, this pious land is also blessed by a temple of Sri Jalarambaba — one of the only handful of temples in India. Apart from these, you’ve got other temples like the Jain temples, the Dakshineshwar temple among others. To facilitate the oncoming of tourists and disciples of all social and economic backgrounds, hoards of dharamshalas have been built across the city. Let’s have a look at some of the best in business—
5. Icchalal Prahlad Das Hotel
Located in the commercial hub of the city, the Icchalal Prahlad Das Hotel is basically a non-profit hotel, akin to a dharamshala, run specifically to cater to the needs of the pilgrims to the city—especially the Gujrati and Marwari pilgrims who visit the city for its age old Kali Temples or the Jain temples or Sri Jalarambaba Gujrati temple. The tariff charges to this hotel start from Rs. 200 and goes up to Rs. 250 for a “premium” stay. However, if you want to have food in here, you’ve to let the manager know about it from beforehand.
3, Digambar Jain Temple Road
Kolkata – 700007
Phone no.: 033-22180035
4. Tara Ma Hotel
Located in Belegachia, in North Kolkata, the Tara Ma hotel provides an easy gateway to temples like Dakshineshwar. However, it also provides a comfortable stay for people who are visiting the city for business (small scale) or tourism purpose on a stringent budget. Besides, the hotel is nearby to the Belgachia Metro station, and hence, accessing to different part of the city on a tight budget becomes quite comfortable and easy. The hotel provides one type of rooms—the double bed rooms, the tariff for which is 300 rupees.
64/1, Belgachia Road
Kolkata – 700037
Phone no.: +919339735143
3. Hind Guest House
Among other guest houses in the city catering to the needs of tourists (who are visiting the city for commercial or casual purpose) on strict economic budget, Hind Guest House is one of the foremost. It is again located in the hub of the city, on Chittaranjan Avenue and is minutes away from the commercial and wholesale centers like Burrabazar, retail hub like Esplanade and Chandni Chowk. Besides, being a few minutes away from the metro line is always an added bonus to the budget travelers. The minimum tariff charge to this hotel is Rs. 250 whereas the maximum limit is Rs. 300 per night.
30, Chittaranjan Avenue
Kolkata – 700073
Phone no.: 033-22361404
2. Lovely Guest House
If you’re on a very limited budget but still want to experience the city, Lovely Guest House must be on your list. The archaic building located in one of the oldest streets of Kolkata (where mess-culture is still much prevalent) provides quite a comfortable host to the tourists. Bus, trams, suburban railways, autos, rickshaws, metro—you name it, and you’d get any mode of transportation from here. It is located in Armherst Street and is just minutes away from Sealdah-Manicktala area (commercial hotspots) and College Street (if you love books, or deal with publishing and books). The tariff charges is also quite less—within Rs. 300, which is the upper limit of the charges.
17, Manindra Mitra Road, Amharst Street
Kolkata – 700009
Phone no.: 033-23503373
1. Raj Niwas
Like most other dharamshalas, this is also located in the commercial and wholesale hub of the city—at the Burrabazar and Dalhousie junction. The best thing about this place is its location—from here you’ll get the cheapest modes of transportation around the city. From autos, rickshaws, suburban trains, buses, trams and even waterways—you get anything you want to board. The place is just minutes away from the Howrah Station, one of the busiest in India; and, one auto will take you to the Sealdah station. The tariff charges to the place are on the lower side of Rs. 300.
Address: 44, Biplabi Rash Behari Road
Kolkata – 700001
Phone no.: 033-22356779
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